Hewat signs on as Brumbies backs coach

first_imgHewat, who has been in Japan most recently coaching with Suntory, after a successful playing stint with the Top League powerhouse, will return to Super Rugby for the first time since 2012.The fullback, who notched 636 points in just 50 outings for NSW, also played 78 matches for London Irish through his career.The 39-year-old said he felt now was the right time for him to return to Australia.“I am certainly excited by the opportunity of joining the Brumbies and becoming a part of the Brumbies family,” he said.“The Brumbies are a globally-renowned team who, historically, have always played an attacking and exciting brand of rugby.“I have had some very enjoyable times in Japan with Suntory but feel that the time is right for a return to Australia. The chance to be involved with a team like the Brumbies is fantastic.” “I have been keeping a close watch on them this season and am looking forward to teaming up with Dan, Laurie and Peter to help the team achieve its goals and challenge for another Super Rugby title.”Hewat joins Laurie Fisher and Peter Ryan under new Brumbies coach Dan McKellar.McKellar said he had watched Hewat’s progress at Suntory closely.“Peter was obviously a very good player at the Waratahs and was known for his goal-kicking and his ability to score a try,” McKellar said.“He has been at Suntory for eight years, four as a player and four as a coach, and, in my role as a consultant to Suntory, I have witnessed his progression.“Peter is ready for an opportunity to coach at Super Rugby level. His focus will be heavily on the skills aspect and he will be a huge benefit to our backs in particular.last_img read more

Cronk carried broken scapula in NRL Grand Final success

first_imgInspirational Queensland star Cronk incredibly featured for all but the final two minutes as Trent Robinson’s side set up the 21-6 win with a dominant first-half display.The victory came despite their half-back being forced to the fringes for much of contest, as he was nursed through at just “30 per cent” fitness according to Cordner.Cronk had been a major doubt leading into the match after seriously injuring his shoulder in the Preliminary Final against the South Sydney Rabbitohs eight days earlier.”We knew Coops was touch and go and he pulled through,” Cordner told the Nine Network.”We had to make up a game plan where we protected him as much as possible and we executed that. To put in a performance like that on the biggest stage is unbelievable.”We wanted [Cooper] on the field. He actually broke his scapula. That’s a big performance by him and will go down in history for sure.”Job done.#NRLGF#NRL pic.twitter.com/AvXZZkDaHe— NRL (@NRL) September 30, 2018Luke Keary picked up the slack amid Cronk’s reduced role to guide the Roosters to their second premiership in six years, with the former’s performance against the Storm securing him the Clive Churchill Medal.The result ruined Billy Slater’s hopes of a fairytale farewell, but the retiring Melbourne full-back could not help admiring former team-mate Cronk’s courage.”He’s a really good mate of mine,” Slater said. “They hid [his fitness] really well from us.”I told him how proud I am. I’m shattered by our performance but I’m proud of him.”Cronk himself conceded he knew his role would be limited due to the injury but that he was desperate to play.”From the top down, everyone in this organisation sacrificed something for me to be here,” he said.”I don’t take that responsibility lightly, that was the motivation.”We didn’t know if I would be able to play. It was only a last-minute thing. The boys trained all week without me playing and the whole idea was to use me as a decoy.” Photo Getty Images. Caption: Cooper Cronk during the NRL Grand Final.last_img read more

Strongest ever weightlifting field for Pacific Games

first_imgSamoa, Fiji and Nauru will also have Commonwealth medallists on show, as well as New Zealand and Australia, who are competing in the Pacific Games for the first time. American Samoa, the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Guam, the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Norfolk Island, Samoa, Palau, the Solomon Islands, Tahiti, Tonga, Tuvalu, Tokelau, and Wallis and Futuna are the other competing countries aside from the CNMI and host Papua New Guinea. The General Secretary of the Oceania and Commonwealth Weightlifting Federations, Paul Coffa, says that’s helped to boost the entry numbers. Among the lifters on show will be Glasgow Commonwealth Games gold medallists Dika Toua and Steven Kari from Papua New Guinea, and David Katoatau from Kiribati. The Pacific Games event in Port Moresby is being held in conjunction with the Oceania Weightlifting Championships for the first time.center_img A 32-member delegation, including 25 athletes, will banner the Northern Marianas’ medal hopes to next month’s XV Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea. “We have 21 countries with about 260 lifters competing. That’s quite a large number really – the biggest entries we’ve ever had in this sport in the pacific – and of course the [fact it is a] Rio qualification event has a lot to do with it, and we expect some excellent results.” The CNMI will be competing in eight of the 28 sports offered in the Pacific Games, namely, athletics, beach volleyball, bodybuilding, golf, sailing, swimming, triathlon, and va’a or outrigger canoe.last_img read more

PNG settle for 7-7 draw with Samoa in touch rugby

first_imgSamoa hit an early lead after Peter Hazelman and Beckett Leota scored touch downs to sound a warning to PNG.A touch down from Bobby Vavona put PNG back in the contest however. Samoa’s Lima Lote extended the lead to 3-1 before half time.The second half of play saw a flurry of points from both sides. Uari Sarufa from PNG scored twice to level the scores at 3-3.From this point, touch downs were scored from one of the field to another and about a minute out before play ended, the scores were locked at 6-6.PNG’s Eugene Eka dived over to score what PNG hoped would be the winning touchdown but Samoa right from the restart ran down and equalised through Jesse Leituvale.The PNG mixed team beat Kiribati 19-1 in their match yesterday and thrashed Tonga this morning 18-1 this morning.last_img

Three runners aim for Olympic qualification

first_imgThey are 400m specialist Nelson Stone, 400m sprinter and hurdler Mowen Boino and sprinter Theo Piniau.Athletics PNG will select one male athlete for the Games under the universality rule.Universality rule guarantees every Olympic Committee a place for one male and one female athlete regardless of qualifying standards.Stone competed in the 400m event at the 2012 Summer Olympics but was eliminated in the first round despite setting a season’s best time of 46.71Boino is a track and field athlete, who specialises in 400 metres sprint and in the 400 metre hurdles. He is a three-time Olympian and four-time national record holder for the 400m hurdles.APNG confirmed in a statement that whoever has the best performance between now and mid-June will be nominated.Piniau is on scholarship at West Texas A&M University in the USA and Stone’s training and competition program is being funded by the PNG Olympic Committee.Boino as yet does not have a sponsor for his program.last_img read more

Moresby affair on the cards at softball champs

first_imgIn the preliminary finals played this morning in rainy conditions, POM Gold beat POM Black 14-7 on diamond 1On diamomd two, POM White was too strong for Mt Hagen defeating them 12-5.POM Gold will meet POM White in the grand final.In the men’s, the preliminary finals are underway between POM Melonas and NCD Meros.The other final is between POM Kakas and Lae Reds.Winners will play off in the grand final.last_img

PNG to host U20 women’s soccer tri-nation series

first_imgThe tri-nation series is part of PNG’s preparations in the lead up to hosting the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in November.The tri nation’s series will be held at the Sir John Guise Stadium on the 24th, 27th and 30th of May.It will coincide with the Oceania Football Confederation’s (OFC) Nation’s Cup that will be staged in Port Moresby.The PNG U-20 Women’s coach, Lisa Cole said unlike Japan and USA, they have had two years of preparation while the PNG team have had just had a couple of months training.However, Coles said they have done evaluations and a lot of fitness based testing from a physical perspective and are excited to be preparing for the matches at the end of May.“Our upcoming training will look at how we play, what our pressures going to look like, what our systems will look like so I’m looking forward to the training with the girls,” she said.“Playing against teams like Japan and USA will help us prepare because right now it’s hard to know what we don’t know,” said Cole.Cole added the original squad of 28 players has been trimmed down to 22 with the final squad for the World Cup to be named in October.PNG will play Japan on Tuesday 24 May with Japan taking on USA on the 27th. PNG will then play against USA on the 30th of May.last_img read more

Melbourne’s Heritier Lumumba retires after receiving medical advice

first_imgThe former Collingwood premiership player has been involved in an ongoing dispute with the Demons over their handling of several concussions he has suffered while at the club.”At the advice of several medical specialists, I am retiring from football. I look forward to expanding other areas of my career as I create new endeavours,” Lumumba said on Wednesday.Lumumba has played 223 AFL games with 199 coming at Collingwood and 24 at the Demons.He achieved All-Australian selection during the Magpies’ premiership year in 2010.last_img

A Guingamp player dies in a traffic accident

first_imgMourning in French football. Nathaël Julansoccer player Guingamp, has lost his life in a traffic accident, as announced by his club on his website. The striker, born in Montvilliers (France), was 23 years old and militated the club that occupies the eighth place in the second French division. L’En Avant Guingamp is in debt.Le l’immense douleur d’apprendre cet après-midi club, the accident of son joueur Nathael Julan.In ce tragique jour, all members of the club s’associent pour adresser leurs condoléances attristees à la famille de Nathael. pic.twitter.com/BTZmciC9Gd– In Avant Guingamp (@EAGuingamp) January 3, 2020 Faced with the bad news, the Guingamp he has suspended the friendly match he was going to play this Saturday against the Concarneau.Nathaël Julan did not enjoy many opportunities in the Guingamp that I returned this past summer after playing the last part of the 2018-2019 season in the ranks of the Valenciennes.The newspaper L’Équipe has specified that said accident it had ocurred on the Pordic road (Côtes-d’Armor region). Julan has lost the control of his vehicle, being only him inside and unfortunately Without surviving the wounds.“The accident has occurred after training. It has been reported that one of his teammates, who was following him in another vehicle, has witnessed the tragedy, “he described L’Équipe in its advance of the news.last_img read more

FIFA and CAF legends face in Cairo

first_imgThe football legends of Africa (CAF) and the world (FIFA) met on Monday on the stage of the Pyramids of Giza, near Cairo, capital of Egypt. In the duel, won by the whole of the FIFA 4-3, participated JayJay Okocha, Cafu, Birch Pele, Veron, Djorkaeff and also Gianni Infantino, president of the international organization. AFP ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>AFPlast_img